Tech for Teachers is an annual awards scheme, launched in 2017 by the publishers of Technology & Innovation and Teach Secondary magazines, aimed at identifying the very best classroom innovations in seven, curriculum-linked categories. Only resources with the potential to have real, measurable impact on teaching and learning - as well as boosting engagement and easing the pressure of workload for educators - are recognised.
MEI’s free problem-solving app Sumaze! has been announced as the three star winner in the maths category.
“We were thrilled with the range and quality of entries,” commented Technology & Innovation editor Helen Mulley. “And in these times of increasingly pressured budgets, it was particularly pleasing to see how many were either very low cost, or even completely free.”
The Maths category was judged by Colin Foster, assistant professor in mathematics education in the School of Education at the University of Leicester, who praised the entries:
“There has been an explosion in quantity and quality of digital resources in recent years, and it is now possible to find high quality options for every maths department and teacher – all of the starred entries are very good, and just do different things – ideally, you’d have all three!”
On hearing of MEI’s award, author, journalist and TV producer Simon Singh tweeted:
“Very well deserved 3 stars for SUMAZE”.
Sumaze! is a joint project between the Sigma Network and MEI. This puzzle app involves arithmetic, inequalities, the modulus function, indices, logarithms and primes. The sequel Sumaze! 2 includes fractions, decimals, percentages, primes and digits. Both games can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or Google Play Store; the puzzles can also be found in Integral, MEI's mathematics resources.
A maths tutor who reviewed Sumaze! concluded:
“What I like most about Sumaze! is that it doesn’t just test your arithmetic: it tests your problem-solving skills, it tests your persistence, and it tests your willingness to try something and see if it works. In short, it’s an educational maths game that makes you think like a mathematician. More like this, please. More like this.”
Indeed we do have more apps and games, including the popular free puzzle app Factris!Check them out – but be prepared to get hooked on them!
Find out more about the Tech for Teachers 2018 awards and winners at teachwire.net/products/tech-for-teachers-2018.